Thanks for your kind words, Thomas R. Barton, JD. :-)
I am so, so glad you thought twice about using your marine Ka-Bar knife on yourself. Please stick around and write it all out, we need to hear it.
Also, you’re not wrong about France, we’re in massive mess at the moment and it’s not clear where we’re going yet. One thing is sure: The current system no longer meets people’s needs so something has to give.
One should be able to live off one’s work, and alas this is no longer the case for many despite France’s welfare provisions. This, in short, is the genesis of the Yellow Vests movement, which is far too complex to unpack in a short response.